By Jack McGraghan
Setting The Scene
Gateshead travel to the Midlands on Tuesday to face fellow surprise promotion hopefuls Solihull Moors at Damson Park.
The Heed remain unbeaten in Ben Clark’s eight games as manager and have won three out of four away games since the former captain took over from Steve Watson whose final game in charge of the club was a 2-1 home defeat to Solihull Moors back in January.
Clark’s side sit seventh in the National League ahead of kick-off, one point ahead of Eastleigh and one point behind sixth-placed Harrogate.
Much like Gateshead, the Moors have been a surprise package this season and currently sit third in the table, three points behind league leaders Leyton Orient.
Tim Flowers’ side have won two of their last five home games in the National League, most recently running out 5-0 winners against Maidstone United before falling to a 2-0 defeat at Salford last weekend.
The Heed will travel down to Solihull with a full squad of players though the quick turnaround of matches may force Clark into some changes.
What We’re Saying
Following Saturday’s 2-1 win over Barnet, Clark said: “They’re all big games now and what I’ve said to the lads is you’ve got to enjoy this.
“You’ll go through your career and you don’t often get feelings and situations like this come up, and this is a good opportunity for us to push on and try to finish as high as we can.”
What They’re Saying
Solihull Moors boss Tim Flowers told the club’s official website: “They are a competitive side and have some good players with mobile front players.
“They have had some really good results so it will be a tough, tough game.”
Gateshead have won 10 out of 18 away games in the National League so far this season – only Eastleigh and Tuesday’s opponents Solihull Moors have won more away from home (11).
Ticket prices for the game are as follows:
Adult: (18+ years of age): £15.00
Concession: (65+ years, Serving Military Personnel with a valid ‘Forces ID’ card, Students with a valid NUS card): £10.00
Under 18’s: £5.00 (Proof of photo ID may be required upon entry)
Under 12’s: FREE (when accompanied by a paying adult)
Last Time We Met
The Heed fell to a 2-1 defeat against the Moors at the International Stadium on January 8 in what proved to be Steve Watson’s final game in charge.
The visitors took the lead through Liam Daly’s header after 22 minutes and doubled their advantage via Darren Carter seven minutes after half-time.
Scott Boden’s 56th minute penalty afforded Gateshead the opportunity to claw their way back into the game but it wasn’t to be as the visitors held on for all three points.
Gateshead: Pears; Kerr, Tinkler, Williamson; Devitt, Forbes (Salkeld, 74’), Hunter, White, Mellish; Rigg, Boden.
Subs not used: Foden, Thomson, Maloney, McGeoch.
Goals: Boden (pen, 56’)
Bookings: Devitt (66’), Kerr (88’)
Solihull Moors: Boot; Williams, Daly, Gudger, Reckord; Carter, Storer, Osborne (Maxwell, 74’); Hylton, Blissett (Stenson, 80’), Wright (Yussuf, 82’)
Subs not used: Carline, Flowers, Stenson.
Goals: Daly (22’), Carter (52’)
Bookings: Carter (61’), Osborne (70’), Reckord (81’)
MoTM: Aynsley Pears
Attendance: 519 (28 Solihull)